Stories tagged: Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 1:36 p.m.
Hanford takes $23 million step toward safer radioactive waste storage
Work is moving ahead to remove radioactive capsules at Hanford from storage in a water-filled pool that could be at risk in a severe earthquake.
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
Demolition begins on Hanford plutonium plant
The demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is underway.
Fri., Oct. 7, 2016, 12:07 p.m.
Demolition of hazardous Hanford building just weeks away
The demolition of one of the most hazardous buildings at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is set to begin in coming weeks.
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Judge awards Hanford whistleblowers $216,000
A judge has awarded two whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than $216,000, plus legal fees, after finding that the contractor they worked for retaliated against them for raising …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 10:43 a.m.
2 Hanford workers checked for possible vapor exosure
Two more Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have received medical evaluations for possible exposure to chemical vapors after reporting a suspicious odor.
Tue., July 26, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
Monks to lead prayer walk to Hanford nuclear site
TRI-CITIES – Buddhist monks are set to lead an annual prayer walk to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as part of an effort to bring an end to nuclear weapons. The …
Thu., July 14, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Hanford plutonium plant demolition deadline extended
The Department of Energy has been given an extra year to tear down the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 9:54 a.m.
Two more Hanford workers report possible exposure to vapors
Even while workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are engaged in a job action to protest getting sick from chemical vapors, two more employees reported possible exposure to the vapors.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 10:27 a.m.
Hanford company offers reforms to reduce exposure to vapors
The contractor that operates radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is proposing some reforms after dozens of workers reported becoming sick from chemical vapors associated with the …
Wed., July 6, 2016, 10:07 a.m.
Cleaning up Hanford radioactive waste spill to take 7 years
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing a seven-year plan to clean up a radioactive waste spill under a building on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Thu., June 23, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Feds will evaluate response to Hanford vapors issue
Federal health officials will conduct a short-term evaluation related to the exposure of workers to chemical vapors on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 9:04 a.m.
Two more Hanford workers report smelling vapors
Two more workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have reported smelling vapors at the former nuclear weapons production site.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
Hanford studying possible leak in second radioactive waste tank
Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
Hanford officials prepare to pump nuke waste back into tank
Hanford Nuclear Reservation officials are preparing to pump thousands of gallons of leaked radioactive waste back into a 46-year-old storage tank that contains toxic leftovers from the production of plutonium …
Mon., April 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
Nuclear waste tank leak at Hanford not a risk, state says
Nuclear waste material was leaking into the containment area of a Hanford tank, but doesn’t pose a risk to the public, a state agency said.
Sat., March 12, 2016, 11:44 p.m.
Federal judge sets new deadlines for Hanford cleanup
A federal judge has set new deadlines for cleaning up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after Washington state went to court to prod the U.S. Department of Energy …
Sun., Nov. 22, 2015
Hanford cleanup may continue a century after first bomb
Pending agreement could push start-up of vitrification plan out to 2039.
Tue., Nov. 10, 2015, 4:06 p.m.
Hanford reactor becomes a National Historical Park
The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is now a National Historic Site.
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014, 7:10 p.m.
State AG says he’ll sue Hanford to protect workers from harmful vapors
Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, state …
Thu., Oct. 30, 2014, 9:29 a.m.
Environmental groups sue over reactor
SPOKANE — Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.
Tue., Sept. 9, 2014
Editorial: Hanford resolution a hostage of politics
Death, taxes, and more time to clean up Hanford. Those are the certainties of life in Washington, but the state is pushing back against the latest federal request for permission …
Sun., Aug. 10, 2014
Nuclear lessons: Hanford tours go to heart of Cold War facility
RICHLAND – At Hanford’s B Reactor, thousands of graphite blocks towered over Ernie Doyle’s head. On a recent public tour, the 57-year-old truck driver from Hillsboro, Oregon, seized the chance …
Thu., July 10, 2014
Cause of symptoms in workers at Hanford elusive
RICHLAND – About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find …
Thu., July 3, 2014
‘Atomic Man’ room set for cleanup
Workers are preparing to enter one of the more dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician, later nicknamed the …
Sat., April 19, 2014
Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup
OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …
Tue., April 1, 2014
Inslee threatens legal action on Hanford
OLYMPIA – Northwest residents need more than vague plans and missed deadlines for the cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. If the federal government doesn’t …
Tue., March 18, 2014
Federal Hanford cleanup plan falls short, Gov. Jay Inslee says
OLYMPIA – The federal government’s latest plan to clean up nuclear waste at Hanford is short on details and the state is considering its options to force a better one, …
Wed., March 12, 2014
Hanford contractors decline to comment on whistleblowers
WASHINGTON – Contractors handling the cleanup and redevelopment of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation wouldn’t answer questions from lawmakers on Tuesday about whether two employees were fired for raising safety concerns. …
Wed., March 5, 2014
Hanford cleanup money cut back in Obama budget plan
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has proposed cutting $67 million from efforts to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site, drawing the ire of lawmakers from both sides of the …
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Hanford 300 Area cleanup plan released
The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday issued its final cleanup plan for the 300 Area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and …